Ammodramus is a genus of birds in the family Passerellidae, in the group known as American sparrows. Birds of this genus are known commonly as Grassland sparrows. The name Ammodramus is from the Greek for "sand runner".
|Yellow-browed sparrow (A. aurifrons)|
Passerherbulus Maynard, 1895
Numerous species have been included in this genus, but have been reclassified into different genera by sources such as Birdlife International. Former and current species in this genus include:
- Grasshopper sparrow, Ammodramus savannarum
- Grassland sparrow, Ammodramus humeralis
- Yellow-browed sparrow, Ammodramus aurifrons
- Seaside sparrow, Ammodramus maritima
- Nelson's sparrow, Ammodramus nelsoni
- Saltmarsh sparrow, Ammodramus caudacutus
- LeConte's sparrow, Ammodramus leconteii
- Henslow's sparrow, Ammodramus henslowii
- Baird's sparrow, Ammodramus bairdii
The fossil Ammodramus hatcheri (Late Miocene of Kansas, United States) was formerly placed in genus Palaeospiza or Palaeostruthus. The former may not be a passeriform at all, while the latter was eventually synonymized with Ammodramus, as A. hatcheri scarcely differs from the living species.
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